Moving from Friend to Family
On a Thursday in April, *Jackson put his faith for his salvation in Jesus Christ. We were all amazed at how God worked that out. Jackson hadn’t started as a regular attendee in our CIA group. He had been going to church with Liz, one of our volunteers, and she had invited him to come to CIA during “Invite-A-Friend Day.” Jackson was one of three students who began coming regularly after Friend’s Day.
Each week, our volunteer staff would pray for the spiritual needs of these new students during our staff meeting. Charlie usually worked through the scripture memory time with Jess, one of the regular attendees, but he had added Jackson to make them a small group of three. On that Thursday in April, Jess was out sick and it was just Charlie and Jackson one-to-one. We had some extra time that day, so Jackson racked up some extra points saying memory verses with Charlie. He began to learn and memorize Isaiah 2:11 that day, which is a discussion about pridefule and arrogant men begin humbled by God, who alone is exalted.
This led to questions of our humbleness before the living God and whether things were right in our relationship with Him. Jackson decided right then that he wanted to start a relationship with Jesus. Charles offered to pray together with him and paused trying to decide how to lead. Jackson didn’t wait for him to start the prayer–he just prayed right out from his heart, expressing his desire for Jesus to come into his life, seeking his forgiveness, and making a commitment to follow Jesus.
After small group time when we all gathered back together, Jackson gladly shared the decision he had made, which brought about a rousing celebration of clapping and smiles from everyone in the group. Jackson had gone from starting with our group as an invited friend to becoming one of our family in Christ. Now we are all praying for Jackson’s walk with God and his growth in his newfound faith in Christ.
Isaiah 2:11 reads, The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of man brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
**Name was changed for privacy of the student.